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stepped up security measures when flying into the united states. with global threats rapidly emerging, the list targets old foes from libya, iran, pakistan and iraq. nbc's brian mooar reports. >> reporter: passengers flying into the united states from other countries will face tougher random screenings, including full body scans. travelers from seven high-risk countries, including nigeria and yemen, will be getting full body patdowns and hands-on luggage inspections. it's the latest fall out from northwest flight 253, a plot allegedly hatched by al qaeda. >> part of something larger from al qaeda. >> reporter: on the sunday talk shows, white house coterterrrorism adviser, john brennan commied the nation's intelligence agencies had but failed to connect a series of dots. still, he insists the system wasn't broken. >> there was no smoking gun. we might have had a partial name but there was nothing that brought it altogether. >> reporter: that echo tom contain, who argues the obama administration has been distracted by heating care and other challenges. >> it's understandable but not acc
these brave americans were among a long line of patriots who made a great sacrifice. the united states would not be able to maintain the freedom and security without the men and women from the cia. the agency declined to talk about the work. one of the victims is survived by his wife and three children. >> the kids are some of the nicest kids. it the's just really a shame people all over the world are missing their loved ones at a time when they should be enjoying one another. >> in langley, virginia, flags fly at half-staff. no word on funeral or memorial service. >>> a man accused of trying to blow up a plane on christmas day has ties to the ft. hood assassin. a classified rept se to president obama reveals u.s. agencies have enough intelligence to prevent the attack. pilots are upset they weren't warn after the attempted attack. >> there were 3,500 flights airborne over the united states at the time. who can guarantee there wasn't another event to happen. >>> five men with ties to the washington area detained in pakistan could spend the rest of their lives behind bars there. the men were
targets in yemen, but the united states, itself. >> the president made it clear where the fault lies for the failed attack on christmas day. >> this was not a failure to collect intelligence. it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence that we already had. >> reporter: today's meeting comes as the administration finds itself on the defensive about how it initially handled the incident. >> sadly, the president is judged more on his public relations than on his governing. >> reporter: the challenge for the administration is clear -- >> terrorists only have to be lucky or successful once. we have to be successful every single time. that is an incredibly high standard, but one we should aspire to. >> reporter: and the president indicated just that. >> the margin for error is slim. the consequences of failure can be catastrophic. >> reporter: brian, the president also confirmed publically that the united states would no longer release any guantanamo bay detainees of yemeni descent back to their home country. guantanamo bay may not shut down for another two years. >> chuc
in charge. the united states has really taken de facto control of the air strip. here is what is happening as we go on the air tonight. the inteational red cross made news today, grim news with their latest estimates that the death toll before it's over will number between 45,000 and 50,000. the urgent needs right now, food, water and fuel. as everyone here has said, as the president himself said today, aid to haiti is a top priority for everyone in the free world. again, another desperate day here in haiti, a race against time that continues around the clock. this city has been crushed. from the air it looks like the life has gone out of it, and from the ground, it almost has. the bodies are everywhere, frozen under the concrete. some painful last moments, terrified people grasping each other for comfort. there are so many of the dead, the morgue is full. today, haiti's president estimated he has buried 7,000 citizens so far in a common grave. >> we need some help to carry them dead bodies and try to bury them. >> dazed and numb, the living seem almost oblivious, except for the smell of d
on "today" and tonight on "nbc nightly news" right here on this nbc station. >>> and with the united states launching a major relief operation, secretary of state hillary clinton is cutting short her pacific trip to help spearhead the american aid effort. secretary clinton had been scheduled for travel to new guin guinea, australia and new zee land. instead, clinton will be heading back to washington where she will lead the state department's relief efforts. >>> and later on the "today" show, meredith vieira speaks with secretary clinton about the qaa fast any in haiti and what steps the u.s. will be taking with relief efforts. that's this morning on "today" right here on your nbc station. >>> and as the united states brings aid to haiti, the question of health care here at home continues to dominate on capitol hill. following a meeting yesterday, president obama and democratic leaders say they've moved forward on an overhaul but have yet to settle on a final deal. meanwhile, a group of 15 attorneys general are now threaten to go sue over a controversial subsidy that would reportedly bring
flying into the united states. that announcement comes amid reports that the u.s. and brin have both shut down their embassies in yemen because of a newly revealed al qaeda threat. brian mooar with that story tonight from capitol hill. >> reporter: beginning at midnight, passengers threeing into the united states from other -- flying into the united states from other country also face tougher random screenings incling fum body scans. travelers from seven high-risk countries including nigeria and yemen, will get full-body pat downs and hands on luggage inspection, the latest fallout from the christmas day bombing a tempt on northwest flight 253, a plot allegedly hatched by al qaeda. >> part of something larger from al qaeda. >> on the sunday talk shows, white house counterterrorism adviser, john brennan add knitted the nation's intelligence agency had but failed to connect the series of dots and insists that the system isn't broken. >> there was no smoking gun or piece of intelligence that said this guy is a terrorist. >> we might have had a partial name or an indication of a nigeria but n
the globe. secretary of state hillary clinton traveled to the country today. >> the united states is a friend, a partner and a pporter. >> reporter: but as the food, water and medical supplies make their way to those who need them the most it has become clear the massive relief effort does not come close to matching the need here. jay gray, nbc news. >> that was jay gray from port-au-prince. some of the local families with loved ones in haiti have gotten news. for some it was the call they were waiting for. for others it was the news they dreaded. a plane loaded with earthquake victims will land at andrews air force base overnight. responders are on the ground ready to help. darcy, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, craig. we don't have a lot of details. but 22 injured americans will be flown here from haiti to andrews air force base. at the morningside volunteer fire station they will be staging at midnight tonight, ambulances will be available to transport patients if they are needed. at wpfw radio in adams morgan, von martin dedicates his show to the haitian community. he
the homegrown terrorism and why he's appealing to people in the united states suddenly is that the muslim community in the united states was thought to have been for a long time a very moderate, reasonable community. but now it's increasingly becoming radicalized according to national security experts in part because we've been at war for eight, nine years now in afghanistan and iraq. chris: and probably the result of eight years since 9-11, all this time of us fighting the muslims in the world. >> right. >> i think that we've been deluded by the bottom line good news here. the real good news is that when al qaeda actually tries to control a territory, like anbar province in iraq, average muslims don't like it. they don't like that style of life. they don't like the extremism. >> exactly. >> but it doesn't take very many people to cause a whole lot of trouble. chris: you said a couple thousand al qaeda out there probably. >> right. and the other thing is -- as to what joe said, national security experts estimate there is -- well, there's 28 to 30 known attacks that have been foiled agains
to survive, as the united states and the world rush to help. this special edition of "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> good evening, i'm lester holt in new york. brian williams is in haiti night. a country brought to its knees by a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake. brian joins us on the telephone from port-au-prince with the very latest. >> reporter: lester, this is a desperate country tonight. we are in the middle of a dark tarmac in port-au-prince international airport in haiti. imagine there is no power, no lights unless they're coming off the aircraft. no food or water to speak of, and now the relief flights are starting to come in. you hear the prop wash from one plane in the background. some of them, and this is the cost of good intentions, are dropping relief supplies on a tarmac. there aren't enough people or moving vehicles with gasoline to come and get the bandages and syringes. we saw one fetal monitor that stood in the middle of one tarmac with no one to claim it. this is to be expected. we are still in the early hours of this crisis, and we
of state hillary clinton says the united states is doing everything it can and there is a peacekeeping force on the street bringing law and order. >> this is incredibly complex work. we have some of the best people in the world from the united states down there and we're just going to do everything we can to be helpful. >> reporter: the "uss carl vincent" was destroyed. more military aircraft, even marines are all headed to haiti today. the country's now-homeless president spoke with the outpouring of support. >> i know that the money of the people of the united states and i thank them for this gesture. >> reporter: last night president obama called former president george w. bush and asked him to participate in a humanitarian relief effort, alongside former president bill clinton. president bush said that he was ready to do whatever was necessary. it's similar to what his father did with clinton after the south asian tsunami. joe? >>> thanks, elaine. brand-new video coming in this morning o the fairfax county urban search and rescue team hard at work in haiti. one of the first jobs of
and they lost. now obama is the most likely next president of the united states and democratic nominee and they go crazy. bill clinton is accusing obama of busing in supporters. he's saying he stole the caucus. hillary is so depressed. she turns to her husband and says, maybe the problem is not my campaign, maybe they just don't like me. chris: let's go to new hampshire. kelly. new hampshe was the second big round. hillary clinton upset barack obama at that point. a lot of people thought she won, because people liked her. there was empathy and she showed weakness in terms of her emotions. the clintons apparently read that differently. they said we beat this guy because we went for the jugular and we're going to do it again. >> the mind-set was a reluctance to allow her sensitive side to be seen, in part because remember she had been first lady and although not the softness of first ladies, that east wing influence when y're talking about the first woman president was uncomfortable if them when they wanted to portray her as tough enough for the job. to allow her to be seen as a softer f
and complications following, quote, amateur attempts at treatment after the quake hit. meanwhile, the united states marine corp is in haiti and the military released their video showing them delivering much-needed supplies to the haitian people. here in washington, some local church membertion welcomed home the survivor of the earthquake. the father was in haiti when the earthquake struck and he was able to escape unharmed. tonight he shares his story with darcy spencer who talked to him exclusively. darcy, talk about an amazing story? >> reporter: it certainly was. father jasmine is degree great. he says he's happy to be back but deeply concerned about all the people he left behind. >> the house was just shaking and everybody was praying and calling, "jesus, jesus, help us." >> the reverend was welcomed home with tears and warm eembraces. the chaplain for the d.c. haitian community was in haiti when it was rocked by an earthquake nearly two weeks ago. initially feared dead, he's here with good news. >> i was survive because god wants me to live for a little while on this earth. >> father skbraz mi
american targets in yemen, but the united states itself. >> reporter: and the president made it clear where the fault lies for the failed attack on christmas day. >> this was not a failure to collect intelligence. it was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence we already had. >> reporter: today's meeting comes as the administration finds itself on the defensive about how it initially handled the incident. sadly the president is judged more on his public relations than on his governing. >> reporter: the challenge for the obama administration is clear. >> terrorists only have to be lucky or successful once. we have to be successful every single time. that is an incredibly high standard, but one we should aspire to. >> reporter: and the president indicated just that. >> the margin for error is slight. the consequences of failure can be catastrophic. >> that was chuck todd reporting. also important to note the president said the attempted attack on christmas day will not influence his decision on whether to close guantanamo bay. however, he has suspended the release of guantanamo
telescope in the western united states. astronomers are guessing it could be space junk or just a tiny asteroid. you never know. >> and now here's a look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at10,627 after falling 36 points on tuesday. the s&p dipped 10. and the nasdaq lost 30 points. >>> taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei fell 144 points, while in hong kong the hang seng tumbled 578 points. >>> earnings season is off to a rough start on wall street. a disappointing lead off report from alcoa has investors worried more companies will soon follow suit. alcoa shares tanked to their lowest levels since the market bottomed out last year. while the aluminummaker's net losses were down, overall sales fell short of estimates. >>> a surprise decision in china raise the bank's required rfsh level, sparking fears of pullback in chinese import demand. that sent carpillar and new mining down 3%. president obama is about to slap a federal tax on the nation's bigest bank. >> the s.e.c. says the largest bank violated federal policy by hiding merril
of the united states government but still eight years after 9/11, the dots weren't connected. the puzzle pieces were there, but the intelligence agencies failed to put that puzzle together. that is what really has made the president angry and the reason he wants to see some changes. >> savannah, while you were talking we saw an aide from the white house press office bring the binder with the president's planned remarks out to the lectern. here comes the president through the center entrance of the blue room of the white house. >> good afternoon, everybody. i just concluded a meeting with members of my national security team including those from our intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement agencies involved in the security reviews that i ordered after the failed attack on christmas day. i called these leaders to the white house because we face a challenge of the utmost urgency. as we saw on christmas, al qaeda and its extremist allies will stop at nothing in their efforts to kill americans. were determined not only to thwart those plans but to disrupt, dismantle and defeat their nedwo
an aircraft. and there were 3,500 flights airborne over the united states at the time. and who can guarantee that there wasn't another event about to happen on one of those flights as well? >> reporter: the u.s. is trying to convince european nations to use more full-body scanners to pick up suspected bombers. britain's prime minister, gordon brown, has called for an international summit on terror in late january to talk about preventing future terrorist attacks. and the senate intelligence committee will be conducting its own investigation to find out why there was so much miscommunication among antiterror agencies. those hearings begin january 21st. jennifer johnson, nbc news, washington. >>> conservative radio host rush limbaugh was released from a hawaii hospital today. he was ten there wednesday after having chest pains while on vacation in haonolulhonolulu. today, limbaugh said tests showed nothing wrong with his heart. >>> still ahead on "news4 at 6" this evening, making it out of a fire alive. we'll tell you what one family did right. >>> find out why a deadly bombing at a cia camp m
this morning, but the real problem is getting those supplies to the people who need it. the united states continues to spearhead relief efforts with president obama pledging $100 million in emergency aid. he's also enlisted former presidents george w. bush and bill clinton to raise money for the cause. with americans opening their wallets to help, american express and visa say they're waivering fees on donations placed on credit cards. banks and card companies had been under fire for profiting off those contributions. while speed is of the essence in terms of aid, it's patience that will be tested in the long weeks and months ahead as the country heals. >> reporter: good evening. as port-au-prince, haiti, enters another evening after this crisis with millions of hatians still on the move, millions spending another evening outside as the aid planes continue to land in the background. the buildings are still unsound. those that survived the initial 7.0 quake and the earth continues to move, that's why so many citizens are preferring to spend the evening in open, flat areas here. the big num
exciting and will make a big difference in cleaning up the river. no other city in the united states has done it before. we want to make sure the public and retailers have some time to get used to what they will be doing. >> this bag tax is expected to generate more than $3 million. if you are alone, part of the proceeds will go to the stores. the majority will go to clean up the an ta cost tee ya river. we are live at the safeway near dupont square. >>> it isn't the only new measure to arrive in 2010. there are changes dealing with everything from movie stars to cow tails. kevin tibbles explains. >> reporter: at the stroke of midnight, new hampshire became the fifth state to legalize same-sex marriage. about 15 midnight marriages took place. on the west coast, tough new rules for paparazzi who stalk celebrities. the new law championed by actress, jenfer aniston, will allow victims to sue the publishers of pictures obtained when traffic or other lay laws are broke dn. in illinois, at midnight, the bell tolls for those who do this while driving. distracted drivers who are texting are a gr
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of haiti that the united states is a friend, a partner and a supporter. and we will work with your government under the direction of president preval to assist in every way we can. >> reporter: in the maze of fferent governments and aid agencies here, clinton says there are some things the united states does best she says they are literally taking a google map to identify 14 distribution points for water and food, and flying in water filtration equipment from all over the world. in an interview with nbc news, she challenged reports that vital aid is sitting at the airport, not getting out. there is a perception and there have been kmrints, reports, of bottlenecks, a lot of aim coming in but not getting out to the people who need it. >> that's just not true. there's aid coming in and getting out. there's just not enough of it yet because we don't have yet the kind of distribution networks or the port open. so everything you see is coming in by air and the airport has one runway. >> reporter: clinton said her first question this week was why not parachute food to the starving people
they were talking about sending mr. abdulmutallab to the united states. >> reporter: the report concludes it was not information sharing among agencies, but more systemic. a failure of analysis, connecting the dots, and now in hindsight, a failure to follow up on the lead that al qaeda in yemen wanted to strike the u.s. on the homeland. >> we must follow the leads that we get, and we must pursue them until plots are disrupted. that means assigning clear lines of responsibility. >> reporter: the president issued 16 new reforms he wants implemented at key agencies including state, review how u.s. visas are issued and revoked. homeland security. pursue new technologies and procedures for screening airline passengers. cia. strengthen procedures on terrorist watch lists in review and distribution. fbi, conduct a full review of the terrorist-screening data base. a senior state department official tells nbc news a simple misspelling of abdulmutallab's name is why no one knew he had a valid visa. >> the president is investing a billion more dollars in aviation security around the world. he said w
: if you don't go to the united states and the others cannot go, what is the future here? >> we don't have a future here. >> reporter: and fears a future in the united states may never happen. kerry sanders, nbc news, port-au-prince, haiti. >> reporr: this is andrea mitchell in washington. the heart-breaking stories of loss and occasionally salvation. inspiring thousands of anguished calls to a state department nerve center. the most frequent question, how to adopt a child? only children matched with u.s. families before the earthquake can be adopted says the state department's cheryl mills. >> we don't want to take children who have loving families who want them in haiti. we want to make sure we are taking children who had the occasion to be identified as orphans and have families here in the united states waiting for them. >> reporter: approximately 1,100 u.s. adoptions from haiti were pending before the earthquake. of these, more than 350 children have arrived in the u.s. 121 more are approved, ready to go. another 500 may still be eligible. even for these families, the process isn't ea
. should they be frustrated and angry at him? he's the president of the united states. ultimately he accepts responsibility and he knows that he has to move our country in a new direction. he said from the beginning it's going to be tough and challenging and he isn't shying away from that challenge. he said he's going to continue to fight. that's what he's going to do. every single morning he wakes up recommitted to fighting on behalf of our country. every night before he goes to bed he reads letter from 10 people around the country, sometimes children, asking for help. the people in america love this country. they are willing to work hard. >> do they have reason to be frustrated at him? >> they have a reason with everybody because we have not delivered yet. we're in washington and we have to change the culture here. that's not something that's easy. it's not something that's going to happen overnight but certainly they have every reason to be frustrated. there is also a "washington post" poll that said look, if you show people what is in health care, they are supportive of it. and p
here to the united states. but i think those body scanners and other things need to be part of this. >> would those scanners have detected the level of petn that abdulmutallab was carrying? >> i think it's unknown. but i think it would have enhanced our potential for actually identifying it. >> why is he being treated as an enemy combatant instead of a criminal? >> we're a country of laws and what we're going to do is make sure thate treat each individual case appropriately. in the past richard reed, the former shoe bomber, all of them were charged in criminal courts, were sentenced in some cases to life imprisonment. we have tools available whether it's enemy combatant or charge them criminally. we look at the cases and in this case decided it was best to charge them criminally. >> would there be additional intelligence that could be gleaned by making him an enemy combatant? do you believe whatever you are learning from him was the christmas day plot part of something larger from al qaeda and the arain bran peninsula? >> we have different ways of obtaining information. a lot of peo
qaeda in the arabian peninsula and their attempts to try to do something to the united states, some sort of terrorist attack. they knew all this information, but the dots weren't connected. that's going to be the basis of this report today about all of those intelligence failures. we had the information, didn't connect the dots. the president himself is going to lay out new reforms and some systemic improvements that we wants to see across agencies on the intelligence side and on the airline security side, brian. >> all right. chuck todd on the north lawn. we'll look at the podium before the president strides up. again, the president had said the failure wasn't collecting the intelligence. it was connecting the intelligence. he is said to be alarmed that what he's found in this report. his national security advisor said some people may find elements of it shocking. here now, president obama. >> good afternoon, everybody. the immediate reviews that i ordered after the failed christmas terrorist attack are now complete. i was just briefed on the findings and recommendations for reform. i b
speaker, the president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ] >> the presint and behind him trailing the leadership. majority leader reid in the senate. andrea, the pressure of things like health care -- of course, health care is controversial because the white house said, here you go, you can start this process, work it out. the burden comes back down to the pitol. >> it does and speaker pelosi today floated one avenue, a big stretch, but taking individual components, passing them in the senate first and then in the house by 51 votes. those that are fiscal measures can be done with the budget process they call reconciliation. they can't do any of the nontax orifice call measur-- or the fi measures that way. the white house wants to de-emphasize this year. it will be about jobs, jobs, jobs. jobs in the economy. there you see the first lady. all of the members who have positioned -- there's elliot engel from new york. >> state of new york. >> he told savannah guthrie and chuck todd this morning on msnbc at 8:00 this morning he put down the tape and marked that spot. sheila ja
, president obama pledged the full support of the united states. >> haitians are our neighbors in the americas and here at home, so we have to be there for them in their hour of need. >> reporter: the "uss carl vincent" will be a base at sea to provide communications and supplies like fresh water. many have taken to the internet to show support. less than 24 hours after the quake, a text message campaign has raised more than $1 million for the red cross. and that help i soarly needed, as we've just said. in fact, still now, there are stories emerging of people still waiting for medical care. currently, most of the hospitals are down, and so people are in clinics, basically out on the street, triage clinics, people are coming to these clinics asking for help, but there are a lot of people, matt and meredith, who are not still now getting the medical care they need after this devastating earthquake. now back to you. >> and we're hearing there are no medical supplies to be had. let's brg in brian williams, who is there at the airport along with ann and al. brian, good morning to you. >> reporter:
met with the republic's ambassador to the united states to get updated and brainstorm relief plans. >> we participated in the revolutionary war of the united states. we helped you guys. in latin america, we helped simon bolivar to liberate the boliviancountries. today we are seeking the same solidarity. >> reporter: raymond joseph says it's been non-stop meeting with the state department and ting to speak with haiti's president whose palatial home was levelled. >> in the palace, it has been hit that hard. just the flimsy, flimsy abode hanging on the heels around port-au-prince must be just like cardboard. >> reporter: the numbers of dead and injured are staggering given the level of catastrophe. it's not surprising to those who know the country well. >> port-au-prince was built for a population of 50,000. and today, in and around port-au-prince we have 2 million people. and a lot of them are living in flimsy abodes. >> members of the local haitian community are preparing for a candlelight vigil here at 7:30. they are coordinating with other members in the respective cities of chica
. >> reporter: he and other leaders met with the republic's ambassador to the united states to get updated and brainstorm relief plans. >> we participated in the revolutionary war of the united states. we helped you guys. in latin america, we helped simon bolivar to liberate his country. today we are seeking the same. >> reporter: ambassador raymond joseph says it's been non-stop meeting with the state department and trying to speak with haiti's president, whose palatial home was levelled. >> even the palace has been hit that hard. just the flimsy, flimsy abode hanging on the heels around port-au-prince must be just like cardboard. >> reporter: the numbers of dead and injured are staggering given the level of catastrophe. it's not surprising to those who know the country will. >> port-au-prince was built for a population of 50,000. and today in and around port-au-prince, we have 2 million people. and a lot of them with living in flimsy abodes. >> and we are awaiting to hear from the ambassador for another update in the next hour. they are very busy working inside. a candlelight vigil sched
. >> reporter: good morning. u.s. officials are announcing that the british and united states embassies are going to be closed in yemen due to an imminent threat from al qaeda. they say they are planning an atech in that country. this comes as the president said the country has become a new strong hold for an old enemy. president obama revealed for the first time what many had suspected since the attempted bombing on christmas day. al qaeda was behind it. >> it appears that he joined an affiliate of al qaeda and that this group, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for america. >> reporter: the president says that the suspect, umar abdulmutallab received his training in yemen, a country wrecked by poverty and on ongoing civil war. now fertile ground for extremists driven from strong holds in afghanistan and elsewhere. >> it's really a safe haven for islamic terrorists and the yemeni government is almost powerless to stop them from operating. >> reporter: after getting initial reports earlier this
and the united states don't want that story line. they push back a lot on that. they are a little bit skidish about that storyline. that's not one that they want to see out there. chris: that's funny. they wanted to be the country that's part or the world again. >> right? >> absolutely. and there is a difference between the obama policy and the bush policy. they don't want to lose that america should lead the world. we set the agenda. if obama loses that and we saw it late last year when he accepted the noble prize, that fed into the storyline that he doesn't necessarily believe in american exceptionalism. it's more that i want to be president of the world. it's a very effective one. and i don't think -- i think that's a constant in american politic, people want the president to believe in america exceptionalism. chris: what do you think that this president is tilting to the world? >> i'm always amazed by people's warmth towards me. at the the same time having a president who grew up in indonesia. this was always going to be a problem for barack obama. and people are weary. george bush used i
and magnitude away from the united states to create this kind of bipartisanship? >> well, i think that with something like this happens inside the united states we act in the same way. i think that it reminds us of our common humanity, of the needs that go beyond fleeting disagreements, whatever our policy disputes are, don't seem to matter much when people are dying. and hungry and sick. i think it's just a natural human response. just as people's disagreements are natural human response and in normal times can be healthy. it wouldn't be healthy for america if, in normal times, we had no political debates. and it would be perverse if in a time like this we let lesser matters keep us from joining hands. >> president bush, you're back. >> indeed. it's a little nostalgic. i'm glad i've come back for this purpose. i must confess i really -- i miss you as a person but i don't miss the spotlight. >> i think i'll take that as a compliment. good luck to you both. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> and up next, we'll talk politics and asses the first full year of the obama presidency, ou
have pledged close to $1 billion in relief since in earthquake struck. the united states has pledged at least $130 million in aid. it also sent more than 11,000 military personnel and provided more than 90,000 pounds of aid and supplies. the u.s. is also running operations at that chaotic port-au-prince airport right now. >>> well, some of the medical relief the u.s. is providing is courtesy of the "usns," the united navy ship "comfort." it's essentially a giant hospital on water and it's on its way to haiti right now. "the comfort" is already starting to treat some of the victims from the earthquake. the ship is staffed with 900 doctors, nurses, and technicians who can treat as many as 1,000 patients at a time. stay right here with news 4 for continuing coverage of the crisis in haiti and log on to our website, nbcwashington.com for the latest coverage and we hope that you will be watching and responding. >>> looking outside right now, it's not bad out there. kind of nice, actually. some sunshine and not sure about the temperature. let's find out. let's go tour first forecast now to
4 midday," the united states sapresident says we will help the victims of the hatian earthquake in any way possible. >>> the latest lawmaker to weigh in on the legalization of gay marriages in the district. >>> i remember watching "the tonight show" with johnny carson and thinking, >>> right now on "news 4 midday," we're starting to see the devastation caused by yesterday's powerful earthquake in haiti. the magnitude 7.0 quake struck last evening. thousands of buildings in and around the capital city of port-au-prince have now collapsed. the death toll is expected to reach well into the thousands. and the international red cross says as many as 3 million people may be affected in some way by the quake. >>> this morning, the united states is rushing search and rescue teams and other aid to the country. just a short time ago, president obama spoke about the american plans to help. >> search and rescue teams from florida, virginia, and california will arrive throughout today and tomorrow. and more rescue and medical congresswomen and emergency personnel are being prepared. because
will face a major fine. >>> one of the giants of the united states senate died. charles mac mathias represented the state of maryland for several terms. he was a liberal republican, and it was said over and over today the last of a breed. lbj, for example, could not have passed the civil rights act of 1964 without mac mathias who was then called the conscience of the senate. that title was given to him by the democratic majority leader at the time. mac mathias of maryland was 87 years old. >>> when we come back, making a kifrns. e generosity. art attack caused by a completely blocked artery, another art attack could be lurking, waiting to strike. a heart attack caused by a clot, one that could be fatal. but plavix helps save lives. plavix taken with other heart medicines, goes beyond what other heart medicines do alone, to provide greater protection against heart attack or stroke and even death by helping to keep blood platelets from sticking together and forming clots. ask your doctor about plavix. protection that helps save lives. people with stomach ulcers or other conditions tha
of that christmas day airline bombing plot, today the united states unexpectedly closed its embassy there, citing specific threats against americans. security, counterterrorism, and what to do about the rising threat from inside yemen topped the president's agenda this week as he returns to washington from his hawaiian vacation. late today, however, the u.s. transportation security administration moved forward on its own with some big changes in how it secures international airline flights bound for the united states. there are a lot of moving parts to this story we want to get to. let's start with nbc's tom costello, who happens to have just arrived off a flight from europe. he joins us from our washington bureau with more on that breaking development from the tsa. tom? >> reporter: lester, good evening. the tsa is saying tonight that all international passengers traveling into the u.s. may well see enhanced random screenings, which will include pat-downs, explosive testing of luggage, and those enhanced body imaging scans before they board a flight. the tsalso says all passengers from or travel
warning in effect. here in the united states, president obama released a statement saying, "my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this earthquake. we are closely monitoring the situation and stand ready to assist the people of haiti." a very difficult situation, brian. >> indeed. it will deserve watching through the night. ron allen getting us started in our new york newsroom, thanks. >>> now we turn to therama unfolding in washington. tomorrow marks the first public meeting of what's called the financial crisis inquiry commission. a panel set up by congress a lot like the 9/11 commission was to get to the bottom of last year's financial meltdown. the ceos of the biggest banks will be there just as they are about to reward their employees with what could be some record-breaking bonuses. cnbc's david faber he in washington to cover everything that happens tomorrow is here with us tonight. i heard somebody say today for the banking industry, this is like the start of the old watergate hearings, correct or hyperbole? >> perhaps a bit of hyperbole, it's not clear we'll have th
's christian mission has brought children to the united states. an adoptive father himself with twins born here, now hopes to get 30 more children out. >> if all children could stay in their home country and get the basic provisions of life, food, water and a place to sleep, then they probably should. but in haiti, that's not the case. >> reporter: a heart-wrenching dilemma after the earthquake, what's best for the children? the united states is own am allowing children to be reunited with the families they were matched with before the quake happened. it's a number that's difficult to pin down because the documents are lost under the rubble. but it could mean another 200 children or so heading to america. brian? >> ron allen in port-au-prince tonight, starting us off. >>> perhaps you're among the millions who watched and donated during friday night's network all-star telethon for haiti. the broadcast raised $58 million and counting, that's a record for any single cause. people are sending a lot through a lot of different charities. but how to keep track of it all. that story tonight from lisa m
with the united states agency for international development. dr. shah, good morning. >> good morning, ann. >> last night, the president said in the white house situation room last night that he wanted usid and other agencies to do an aggressive, coordinated effort by the u.s. government. so, what can you tell us about the first step that the u.s. is taking to do something about this crisis in haiti? >> well, first i'd say that our thoughts and our prayers are with the people of haiti at this critical time. the president is very focused on his top priority, which is saving lives in this critical initial 72-hour period. we're also very focused on protecting american citizens who are in haiti and identifying them and supporting their needs and their families' needs. we have set up a phone number that american citizens and families can call. 1-888-407-4747. that's been set up at the state department so that people can inquire about the safety and security of their family members. and we're very focused, of course, on supporting that and on protecting and saving lives in this initial period. >> will u.
, we look forward. and we're going to elect martha coakley as our next united states senator. >> the democrats ought to be able to have a lousy candidate running a lousy campaign and still not worry about massachusetts. >> reporter: but they are worried that massachusetts' attorney martha coakley let her lead in the polls fizzle. >> there's a whole lot at stake on tuesday and you know that. >> reporter: the republican candidate, state senator scott brown, has actually compared himself to jfk on tax cuts and is trying to sway independents. >> we're working hard and we'll continue to work until january 19th at 8:01. >> reporter: brown has made his old truck a symbol in his campaign. >> i put a lot of miles on it during this campaign. wherever i go, people tell me they're concerned about the path our country is on. >> reporter: the truck got so much attention that president obama turned it around on brown. >> i would think long and hard about getting in that truck with martha's opponent. it may not take you where you want to go. and where we don't want to go right now is backwar
blamed the attack on an armed group against israel and the united states. >>> senate majority leader harry reid continues to draw fire. his comments about then-presidential candidate barack obama's race in the book "game change" are stirring up political trouble. this morning, president obama is laying in. brooke hart is on capitol hill with more. >> reporter: rushing to democrat harry reid's defense was president obama himself. >> there was nothing mean-spirited in what he had to say. >> reporter: the president was interviewed by roland martin of tv one for a special airing on martin luther king day. reid's taske on race and politis was topic "a." >> for him to have used some inartful language in trying to praise me and for people to try to make hay out of that makes absolutely no sense. >> reporter: republicans called it a judgment problem, by reid and all democrats. >> they exercised such extraordinary bad judgment, not just in what they've said, but in what they've done. >> reporter: in neva, reid seemed to admit the claim in the book "game change," that in '08, ameras caught emb
of consent in canada is 16. >> she's a united states citizen, she's a citizen of the state of texas, and those acts are not legal here. >> if convicted on the three felony charges, price could face up to 20 years in prison and could be classified as a sex offender. investigators say price may also face federal charges under the child sex tourism law, which affects people traveling outside the country for sexual acts with a minor. >>> you can call it an unhappy meal. a missouri woman had a fit over a mcdonald's hamburger and it was all caught on tape. lo at this video. first, the woman throws a container of water over the counter. then shoves three cash registers to the floor. she also let some obscenities fly before storming out the door. all this because the woman was upset about how her sandwich was made. no one was hurt in this episode, but the manager said the tirade cost about $3,000 in damage. it happened back december 28th. that's the holiday spirit. and police are still looking for her. wendy? >>> new information, but some mystery remaining today about casey johnson, the soc
troops will remain in the country. >>> vice president joe biden says the united states will appeal a court decision dismissing manslaughter charges against five guards from black the water. those guards were involved in a deadly shooting in baghdad that killed 14 iraqi civilians in a traffic stop back in 2007. vice president biden made the announcement today with the iraqi president in baghdad. biden is in iraq holding meetings with leaders ahead of the elections scheduled for this spring. >>> when our broadcast continues tonight, no laughing matter as actor and comedian andy dick is arrested following a performance at a west virginia comedy club. >>> also, they are calling it a snow-p snow-pocolipse icalifornia. and a fire fighter who saved a dog. >>> a bevy of college hoops. virginia puts its eight-game winning streak on the line. >>> new troubles for comedian andy dick. he's been arrested on felony sex abuse charges in west virginia. dick was arrested at a comedy club in huntington. according to the criminal complaint he groped, then repeatedly kissed a bouncer. he was talking t
was stuck, unable to get a flight out until saturday night when he returned to the united states. on sunday he was back at his post at sacred heart leading the haitian mass. >> i feel happy to be back, to join this family. but i'm feeling worry for the rest of the people i leave. >> reporter: pa rish ners greeted father jasmin with handshakes and hugs. their prayers are answered. >> we're so happy. i was dancing up and down to tell him welcome home. >> reporter:ather jasmine only knows of one way to explain how he was able to get out of haiti. >> god wants me to be here, and he found a way to bring me back. >> reporter: darcy spencer,
was sworn in as the 44th president of the united states. he became the first african-american ever to hold the office of u.s. commander in chief. the event was witnessed by well over 1 million attendees here in washington. that was then and this is now. tom sherwood takes a look at how the year has worn on the president and at how people in businees around the white house believe things are going one year later. >> reporter: the big buttons are still selling. a dollar and up. the bobblehead obama is $9.99 marked down from $15. that's better than what's his name going for $6. this temporary obama inauguration store opened a year ago on 7th street downtown near pennsylvania avenue. i thought the store would be here a couple of weeks. it is still here a year later. >> actually, we planned on february 10th. we stayed open because of the sales went sky high. >> reporter: a year ago, as many as 2 million people crowded into downtown d.c. for the historic inaugural of the first african-american president. he was seen as a crusading new figure in national political history. empowered by the voters
to >>> happy new year to you. 4:54 is our time. 36 degrees out there. as we zoom in on the united states capitol on this very first day of january 2010. good morning, i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. we'll start things off as we always do with meteorologist veronica johnson. warmer today? >> warmer today but boy we got some big changes on the way. in fact, it's going to be the coldest air moving in since last winter, you guys. >> what? >> i know. i know. of course i'm the bearer of bad news. >> of course you are. >> today we're going to be warming up. it's 36 degrees in the district in adams morgan. aspen hill and bethesda and leesburg 33 degrees. south of the area, through northern neck, richmond over to maryland eastern shore there's a dense fog advisory in effect until 9:00 a.m. today. so visibility, those will start to improve later today. 42 degrees the high today. mostly cloudy skies. jerry? >> happy new year to you. good morning, everyone. take a live look at maryland. capital beltway around college park nothing out of the ordinary. surprising number of people out there and lots of
be in the united states. welcoming to open arms. >> yes. >>> i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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